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Motorola rumoured to join the rise of fold-able tech with the ‘Razr V4’

Nostalgic about your first flip phone? Once the notorious producer of the classic Razr, Motorola is rumoured to be re-inventing the range to introduce a fold-able addition. Just as Samsung and Royole have show-cased their fold-able devices this year, Motorola is rumoured to introduce the Razr V4. This means you’ll be able to watch movies, play games, complete your presentations and more, on a far larger display than ever before on a smartphone device, while being able to fold away for optimum convenience.

Motorola Razr

Left to Right: Motorola Razr, Yanko Design concept of Razr V4

In contrast to the Samsung Galaxy Fold that opens and closes like a book, the Razr V4 is speculated to feature a clam-shell design to which a fold-able OLED display is embedded. Rumours suggest the new device will incorporate a fingerprint sensor and dual cameras, while folding down to just 7.5mm! The Razr resembles the iconic flip design of the original handset, including the secondary screen on the outside of the casing for a quick time check and convenient notifications.

Motorola Patent Design acquired in December 2018 – WIPO Global Design Database

Rumoured specs continue to impress with suggestions that Motorola will employ the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 system-on-a-chip coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, alongside a second version offering 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It’s likely the Razr V4 will be released by May in order to keep up with competitors. Check back at the CMM Blog for updates.

2019 will bring you foldable phones and flexible tech

Released in China, The Royole FlexPai is the first foldable phone. Believed to mark the beginning of a new wave of foldable devices on the market, rumours suggest manufacturing giants Huawei, Samsung, Motorola and Oppo will be bringing you foldable smartphones. Early adopters will be looking at hefty price tags, with the FlexPai available at around £1,000. So, why fold? Folding devices will enable you to take advantage of the big-screen benefits delivered by tablets, whilst simultaneously providing you with the convenience of a smartphone. With complaints of performance laggs, the FlexPai has a lot of room for improvement, however, this new device represents the beginning of unorthodox territory for the smartphone industry. It’s hoped that the next devices to be released will combine this innovative style with optimum performance and currently, the bets are on Samsung.

Royole FlexPai by Royole

Back in 2011, Samsung’s prototype was able to remain intact after a whopping 100,000 folds with only a 6% drop in brightness at centre (where all the folding happened), however various manufacturing issues prevented the real deal. Despite missing the title of the first company to release a  foldable phone, the South Korean multinational giant could be releasing its foldable device (Prototype below) alongside the Galaxy S10 at the Mobile World Congress this February 2019. In contrast to Royole that uses a single screen, Samsung’s prototype features two screens – a larger screen that folds inward, as if to imitate a book, while the smaller screen takes the place of the book’s cover. This means the larger display will be protected when closed, while the smaller display imitates the traditional smartphone. Leaks suggest the new Samsung device will appear in black, silver, blue and green colours.

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While the foldable smartphone may remain a somewhat desirable novelty until it becomes more widely available – and affordable, it cannot be denied that flexible technology is a risk that’s paying off. LG’s roll-able television is a prime example of innovation at its finest – providing users with a minimalist finish to their home or the option to remove distractions at dinner. This sleek, roll-able TV, termed by LG as ‘revolutionary’ is not only easy on the eye but provides 4K viewing – for those unfamiliar, this means you’ll be able to watch your favourite films and shows in four times the resolution of Full HD.

For more tech updates, check back at the CMM blog.

Business comms in 2019: Is your business prepared?

The rapid adoption of key technologies over the last 40 years, including mobile phones, email, and business software, has meant the contribution of information and communications technology (ICT) to office worker productivity per hour is nearly five times (480%) more than what it was in the 1970s – (Centre for Economic and Business Research, conducted on behalf of telecoms operator O2). Typewriters have given way to computers, computers have shrunk to tablets, party lines have evolved to private phone systems (PABX/PBX) and private lines have progressed into VoIP systems. Today’s technology provides businesses with limitless opportunities to improve their telephone communication processes. Never before has it been this easy to connect with your customers, prospects, colleagues and suppliers and never before has your business needed to adapt to ever-changing innovations at such a fast pace. Is your business prepared for the changes this year will bring?

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Head in the clouds?

Over four in ten businesses (43%) and two in ten
charities (19%) experienced a cyber security breach or attack in 2018 yet under three in ten businesses (27%), and two in ten charities (21%) have a formal cyber security policy or policies in place.
– UK Gov: Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2018: Statistical Release.

Virtually all UK businesses rely on some form of digital communication or online services, such as email addresses, websites, online banking or online purchases. The rise of digital simultaneously rises with risk with over four in ten businesses (43%) and two in ten charities (19%) experiencing a cyber security breach or attack in 2018. Combined with the popularity of mobile devices, today there is the largest technology footprint for hackers to steal corporate and personal data. Do you have a strategy in place if disaster strikes? The new year is the perfect time to strengthen your telecommunications strategy, you may enforce an Enterprise Mobile Security solution or begin with a free 14 day trial of Mobile Device Management that allows you to secure your business devices, control data usage, separate business and personal content and automate and save costs.

BT to hit the switch on ISDN lines

Telecoms giant, BT, is due to discontinue ISDN lines next year, with the final switch off in 2025. Initially introduced nationwide in 1986, connectivity has advanced greatly since the days of ISDN. In fact, the contribution of modern technology to each worker’s productivity is nearly five times greater today than it was 40 years ago.

BT has acknowledged that IP (Internet over Protocol) is the future for communication and consequently sees little value in investing more time and money into ISDN, the question is – is your business prepared for the switch off? Thanks to bigger and better data capabilities, you can take advantage of a great alternative – VoIP aka the “Voice Over Internet Protocol” – the flexible phone system that allows you to make calls over your internet connection. With VoIP, you can cut costs, scale up and down easily, work from anywhere and take advantage of a feature rich system.

Reason to celebrate – a Happy New Year with more data, higher speeds and greater coverage

At the end of last year,  Samsung announced it successfully tested a 5G smartphone, offering users 4x faster speeds. Once 5G is up and running, it will be able to carry more data, at higher speeds, and will be able to move around obstacles, giving you greater coverage. 5G is expected to be capable of delivering extremely fast data with estimates between 10 – 50 Gbit/s compared with today’s average 4G download speed of 15 Mbit/s. In fact, back in 2013 Samsung tested 5G at 1Gbps and journalists reported that a HD movie could be downloaded in less than 30 seconds. Fast track to 2014 and Samsung set a mobile speed record of 7.5Gb/s in another 5G trail, while estimates predict the speed will reach 10Gb/s, with transfer rates as high as 800Gb/s further down the line, taking your download time of a full length film to around a second! Better yet, manufacturers Huawei and OnePlus have been racing to launch the first 5G smartphone in the first half of this year, bringing you one step closer to accessing this super-fast network.

One step closer to 5G! Samsung’s latest announcement

Once 5G is up and running, it will be able to carry more data, at higher speeds, and will be able to move around obstacles, giving you greater coverage. 5G is expected to be capable of delivering extremely fast data with estimates between 10 – 50 Gbit/s compared with today’s average 4G download speed of 15 Mbit/s. In fact, back in 2013 Samsung tested 5G at 1Gbps and journalists reported that a HD movie could be downloaded in less than 30 seconds. Fast track to 2014 and Samsung set a mobile speed record of 7.5Gb/s in another 5G trail, while estimates predict the speed will reach 10Gb/s, with transfer rates as high as 800Gb/s further down the line, taking your download time of a full length film to around a second! Roll on to 2018 and Samsung has announced it successfully tested a 5G smartphone, offering users 4x faster speeds.

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The manufacturer connected the handset to 400MHz bandwidth in the 28GHz millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum band and achieved speeds of over 1.7Gbps. Collaborating with Verizon and Qualcomm, Samsung’s Business Senior Vice President, WooJune Kim announced,

“Successful interoperation of multiple network technologies takes us another step closer to the commercialisation of 5G mobility services…We are proud to join with Verizon and Qualcomm Technologies to spotlight the next steps driving network evolution.”

The tests were conducted in San Diego in the Qualcomm Technologies lab and follow the announcement from Verizon that the carrier had transmitted 5G to an smartphone using a commercial 5G network. That transmission was made using a Samsung 5G New Radio (NR) technology and the same Snapdragon X50 5G modem and Qualcomm QtM052 antennas.

New Apple iPhone Smartphone rumours

New Apple iPhone Smartphone rumours

Update 11/09/2018 – Apple has released partially gold invitations, suggesting the release of a gold-coloured iPhone. The cheaper variant is rumoured to follow in the iPhone 5C’s footsteps and sport a variety of unconventional colours. The gesture controls and Face ID unlocking featured in the iPhone X are expected to appear in the new models, while 3D touch may be dropped. Final updates in Apple’s product launch include the suspected release of a new MacBook Air and Mac Mini.

Last September, Apple released the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, alongside the iPhone 10, using the roman numeral “X” to represent the 10th anniversary of the first iPhone release. This means it’s unclear whether the next flagship will be the iPhone 9 and 9 Plus, iPhone 11 or even the iPhone XI.

Rumours have speculated the following models:

  • iPhone SE 2
  • iPhone 9
  • iPhone 9 Plus
  • iPhone 11 (XI) – possibly expanding to 6.1in
  • iPhone X Plus

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The iPhone XI is rumoured to feature faster mobile data speeds, possibly with support ready for the launch of 5G technology, alongside a Dual-SIM card slot. A Dual-SIM Smartphone is capable of holding two SIM cards. This allows you to have two numbers and two identities at once, so you could make or receive calls and send or receive texts on either number and give each number only to people of your choosing. If you’re already on the line on one SIM, and another call comes through on the other SIM, you can choose to put your first call on hold while you take the second or the second call will go to voicemail, ensuring you don’t miss a call. Dual-SIM devices feature a SIM Manager, so you can decide various capabilities such as which is your main SIM and manage data usage separately. The SIM’s can also have different call and text rates.

What are the benefits?

  • Separate business and pleasure– Dual-SIM devices allow you to keep work and play separate with the potential for one SIM card for business and one for personal use. And you’ll be able to differentiate between work and personal calls before answering the phone. Better yet, you can get properly reimbursed for work calls with a clear line between personal and business expenses. 
  • Cheaper rates abroad–  Dual-SIM phones are highly useful for trips abroad as you’ll have the ability to put a local or travel SIM in one slot, that will match the country’s cheaper rates. 
  • More storage– Having two SIM cards means double the storage and the choice to store different content on each SIM, or to use one as a back-up.

In the past, the likes of Sony, Motorola, LG and Huawei have provided Dual-SIM models so this would be a nice update from Apple. Further speculations point to an included fast charger, removing the previous requirement to separately purchase a charger from Apple in order to take advantage of fast charging capabilities. Previously, the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were the first Apple devices to support quick charging – offering up to 50% of juice in just 30 minutes. Despite the new devices being capable of quick charging, the feature did not work with the included standard Lightning cable and iPhone charger. To take advantage, users had to purchase additional accessories that are compatible with USB Type-C charging, for a costly £74 (£25 for the adaptor cable and from £49 for the USB-C charger) so this will be welcomed news for those looking to purchase the next iPhone. Facial ID, a new chipset, possibly the A12 and a dual-lens rear camera are also expected to feature. For more rumours leading up the traditional September release, check back at the CMM blog.

The new Xiaomi Mi 8 is making waves in the smartphone industry

Introducing the Mi 8, Mi 8 SE and Mi 8 Explorer

Xiaomi has announced the all-new Mi 8 in three variants, “regular”, “Explorer Edition” – which differentiates itself with a transparent glass back and a pressure-sensitive in-display fingerprint scanner. Finally, the Mi 8 SE (Notably similar to the iPhone SE) is a smaller variant, offering a 5.88” screen and Snapdragon 710 processor, versus the 6.21” and more powerful Snapdragon 845 processor on the larger Mi 8 and Mi 8 Explorer Edition models.

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The standard edition of the Xiaomi Mi 8 comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 6GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage and a 3,400 mAh battery for a base price of around $420, converting to around £315 (for the 64GB model), providing serious value for money. The Explorer Edition however, is the model tech fanatics are most excited about.

The in-screen fingerprint reader has only featured on one or two other devices in smartphone history. The reader is pressure-sensitive so that the device will only scan your finger to press down on the display. This is designed to save battery life, as the Explorer will not have to constantly scan for your fingerprint. The second stand-out feature is the 3D facial scanning mechanism, similar to the technology used in Apple’s iPhone X. The mechanism uses infrared light to create a 3D map of your face. This means it is able to identify you far more accurately than solutions that only use a front-facing camera. This mechanism can also be used for portrait lighting effects and animated characters similar to the Animoji on the iPhone X.

Spec overview

Xiaomi models

The standard Mi 8 will also provide 3D Face Unlock, combined with a whopping 20MP front camera. The camera is also provided in the iPhone SE however various other specs such as the processor have been downgraded to compensate for the budget price. However, as recently featured on some of the latest smartphones such as the HTC Desire 12+, iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus and BlackBerry’s all new KEY2, all the new Mi 8 variants will feature a rear dual camera (12+5MP rear dual camera for the SE, 12MP for the Explorer and Mi 8). Impressively, all models run on the latest version of Android Oreo and feature Quick charging technology, but can be faulted for the lack of a headphone jack.

Too good to be true? Unfortunately those looking to purchase the new device from Xiaomi will be subject to import fees which may take the price up a notch, however, the value for money is still worth the extra effort.